Cellulite is one of those topics that is brought up often, but few people truly understand what it is—its causes, its treatments, and its biggest targets are all a bit of mystery. There are plenty of myths surrounding this topic, so we’re setting the record straight, dispelling the biggest myths about cellulite and how to diminish its appearance.
Myth #1: Cellulite Is Just Excess Fat
While excess fat may make cellulite more apparent, cellulite is generally a result of abnormalities in the dermis and weakened connective tissue between fat and muscles. Usually, there is a layer of tissue between muscle and the skin that keeps fat cells in place and skin looking smooth. When this connective tissue is weakened, fat cells start to show through, leading to the familiar cottage cheese effect. Typically, the most common causes of cellulite are changes in hormones, age, weight change or a lack of muscle toning, stress, and poor circulation.
Myth #2: Only Women Get Cellulite
While 90% of women will develop cellulite at some point in their lives, approximately 10% of men will develop it, too. The reason for why women are more likely to develop cellulite (though not exclusively) is two-fold. First, fat cells tend to sit on women’s hips and thighs, where cellulite is most common, while fat cells gather more around men’s abdomens. Second, the connective tissue that prevents cellulite is naturally weaker in women. As women age, their bodies will produce less estrogen, a hormone that helps support circulation among other duties. A decline in circulation leads to a decline in collagen production and the connective tissue’s strength.
Myth #3: Losing Weight Will Eliminate Cellulite
As mentioned, cellulite isn’t the result of excess fat—it’s caused by weakened connective tissue. While losing excess weight may be helpful to overall health, it’s not the most effective route to battling cellulite. If you’re opting for exercise to reduce the appearance of cellulite, opt for strength training exercises to build muscle and tone the body.
Myth #4: If Cellulite Is in Your Genes, There’s No Way Around It
It’s true that there is a genetic component to cellulite development, but preventative measures can be taken to reduce your risk. Maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your stress levels, taking care of your skin to promote collagen production, eating healthy, and exercising regularly to build muscle are just a few ways to minimize your risk.
Myth #5: Creams Alone Can Cut Cellulite
While many creams may help in making cellulite less noticeable, there is a more effective solution that works to resolve the problem under the skin’s surface—non-surgical body shaping treatments that use radio frequency and magnetic therapies. These therapies, when combined, create a thermal reaction that helps to shrink the volume of fat cells around the thighs and buttocks. With no downtime, you can smoothen the look of skin and minimize the appearance of cellulite. Follow up your body shaping treatments with a toning cream to target the contributing factors that cause cellulite, helping to prevent it.